Cubs historical sleuthing: Video edition

This is a cool old film I’d never seen before.

Last week, I posted this article about some cool old color home film that had been taken at the 1938 World Series and put online by Flagstaff Films.

The folks at Flagstaff Films continue to put some great old baseball film on Twitter. A couple of days ago, this one appeared:

Full at bat-Ron Santo,1963, Polo Grounds, NYC~ and a bonus Cubbie (can you guess?) blowin’ a gasket at home plate (from the Flagstaff Films baseball home movie archive)

— Flagstaff Films (@Flagstafffilms) November 2, 2018

Well now, this one’s fascinating not only for the shot of Ron Santo during batting practice, but for some game action of the Cubs and Mets.

It says “1963,” and that’s the only clue to the date given in the Twitter post. But it wasn’t too difficult to figure out when this film was shot.

The best, and most important, clue is the brief look we get at the Mets catcher. He is wearing No. 16. That’s Sammy Taylor — who played a few years for the Cubs before they traded him to the Mets in 1962.

Taylor played in only …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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